White Oak Grove CUUPS

Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL


November 2022

Join Us for Our Annual Yule Party!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022 AT 12:30 PM at Rockford UU Church, 4848 Turner St

Bring your own feast gear (we hate doing dishes at church), non-alcoholic beverages for your family, and a dish to pass (with a serving spoon, if needed). (Label your ingredients, please.) More details as they are finalized.
Gift exchange! (Bring a wrapped Pagan-ish gift to trade. One for each person over the age of 15. $15 maximum, please. Let us know if you are bringing children and how many – we’ll provide a gift for each of them!) We will meet in Deale Hall.

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Pagans in the Military

As we pause to celebrate Veteran’s Day, remember that there are many services available to and for Veterans and Active Duty Pagans in the military. Circle Sanctuary provides many of these services and more info can be found at

Wiccans and pagans in the United States military have, since the close of the 20th century, experienced a gradual increase in official recognition. The Wiccan pentacle is now an approved emblem for gravestones under the Veterans Administration, achieved in 2007 following legal action regarding the grave of Wiccan soldier Patrick Stewart. In 2011, the United States Air Force Academy dedicated an $80,000 “outdoor worship center” for “Earth-based religions” such as paganism and traditional Native American religions. As of 2022, there is still no provision for official recognition of Wiccan or pagan chaplains.

A broadly neutral depiction of Wicca for a military audience is found in the 1990 version of the Department of the Army’s Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains.

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